Guestling Playing Fields

Project Update:
28th February 2013

New Copse: Phase I

Now that the Jubilee Hedgerow is complete we are moving on to begin a new project. There is a large area of land at the far end of the playing fields which is currently unused, partly due to its shape and partly due to the boggy condition of ground.

Planting of the new copse begins on Saturday, 16th March 2013 at 10.30 a.m., using another allocation of 105 saplings provided by the Woodland Trust.

Volunteers are invited to come along and help with planting. It’s not heavy work as the saplings are only half a metre high at most. No experience necessary but gloves and boots are recommended and please bring a spade if you have one.

Connie Evans
Tree Warden – Guestling Parish

Project update:
17th November 2012

guestling_plant_nov - Copy - CopyOn 17th March another 105 hedge saplings were planted at Guestling Playing Fields. This completes planting of the Guestling Jubilee hedgerow.

Once again the saplings were provided free of charge by the Woodland Trust. Harborough Nurseries supplied the canes and protective tubes at very competitive rates. We are very grateful for their continued support of our tree and hedge planting project.

The hedgerow consists of two rows of mixed native species, including birch, hazel, rowan, hawthorn, oak and blackthorn to provide food and shelter for wildlife and enhance the natural environment of the playing fields.

Planting was carried out by our great team of volunteers, without whom the successful conclusion of the new Jubilee hedgerow could not have been achieved. We even had a few saplings left over to help fill some gaps in the hedge around the bowls club greens. The afternoon was rounded off in style with tea and cakes provided by the ladies of Guestling Bowls Club.

The Jubilee project has been effective in bringing together members of the community and the users of the playing fields. There are already plans afoot to carry out further plantings in the future, including a small group of flowering trees and a mixed copse to provide spring and autumn colour.

Connie Evans
Tree Warden – Guestling Parish

Project update:
11th September 2012

Good news!! Our third application for a hedge planting pack from the Woodland Trust has been successful. The hedge plants will be delivered at the beginning of November.

Planting of the third phase will take place on Saturday 17th November at Guestling Playing Fields.

As this will be the final phase of planting we are hoping to celebrate the successful completion of the new Jubilee Hedgerow with a bonfire and BBQ at the playing fields during the late afternoon. More information will be posted as and when arrangements are finalised.

Volunteers interested in helping with this project are welcome to come and join the ‘dig in’ and celebrations.

Project update:
19th March 2012

planting-march2012On 17th March another 105 hedge saplings were planted. This completes phase two of the new hedge.

The saplings were provided free of charge by the Woodland Trust. Canes and protective tubes were once again supplied by Harborough Nurseries of Guestling Thorn.

Planting was carried out by a magnificent team of volunteers including parish and district councillors, members of Guestling Bowls Club, St. Laurence Church and Guestling Rangers Football Club.

The job was completed in record time thanks to the support and enthusiasm of everyone who came along to help.

The plan is to complete phase three in November and a further application will be made to the Woodland Trust for another 105 saplings in due course.

On Sunday 3rd June St. Laurence Church will be celebrating the Jubilee in the morning, followed by lunch at the church. In the afternoon a public picnic and commemoration tree planting of a Jubilee Oak will be held at Guestling Playing Fields.

Connie Evans
Tree Warden – Guestling Parish

Project update:
21st February 2012

Our second application for a hedge planting pack from the Woodland Trust has been successful. The hedge plants will be delivered at the beginning of March.

Planting of the second phase will take place on Saturday 17th March at 10.30 a.m. at Guestling Playing Fields.

Volunteers interested in helping with this project are welcome to come and join the ‘dig in’.

Project update:
12th November 2011

planting-12nov2011 - Copy - CopyThe first phase of the tree planting project was completed today. Many hands make light work and with the assistance of the magnificent turnout of members of the Bowls club and other volunteers we had 105 saplings planted with their support canes and protectors in less than 2 hours. Congratulations and many thanks to everyone who came along to help.

Another application will be made in 2012 for more saplings so that we can complete the hedgerow in 2012.

Project update:
7th November 2011

The hedge planting pack has arrived so planting of the new hedgerow will commence on Saturday 12th November at 9.30 a.m. at Guestling Playing Fields.

Volunteers interested in helping with this project are welcome to come and join the ‘dig in’.

Project update:
August 2011

Our application for a hedge planting pack from the Woodland Trust has been successful. The hedge plants will be delivered during the week commencing 7th November.

Support canes and protective spirals have been supplied by Harborough Nurseries of Guestling.

Project update:
18th May 2011

Last night’s parish council meeting approved my proposal of a tree and hedge planting scheme at the Guestling Playing Fields to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

The scheme involves planting a length of mixed hedge, together with two small groups of specimen trees. The commemorative planting is intended for the whole community to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

Within the next few weeks I shall be putting together an application to the Woodland Trust for a community tree and hedge planting pack. The plan is to involve all users of the playing fields, Guestling Bradshaw school and the PCC of Guestling Parish Church in the project.

The timescale for the scheme is that we apply for the community planting pack by the end of August/early September. If our application is successful we will know by the end of October with a view to receiving the planting pack in November. This will allow time for planting in November/December so that the saplings will be established in time for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Connie Evans
Tree Warden – Guestling Parish